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Today's March 19th March in Bend

Coverage and Photos
People Gathering
People Gathering
More People
More People
Tortured prisoner
Tortured prisoner
Cover up
Cover up
Peace Dove
Peace Dove
The cost
The cost
Bush supporters
Bush supporters
Corporate flag
Corporate flag
Worst President Ever
Worst President Ever
Rallying the crowd
Rallying the crowd
Scott Silvers
Scott Silvers
War mother
War mother
Drum corps
Drum corps
The March begins
The March begins
Ethics
Ethics
Honk for peace
Honk for peace
No oil war
No oil war
Religious Liberty
Religious Liberty
Support our troops
Support our troops
What is the cost
What is the cost
It had rained in the morning here in Bend, and I thought I was going to rain during the March. We were fortunate that the rain had stopped and it was only windy and overcast.
There was a PA system playing Country Joe and the Fish's "What are we fighting for?" song among others.
There was a table for filling out postcards to be sent to our representatives.
About 110 people showed up for the event.

There was a brief announcement by the Rally leader and then Scott Silvers spoke for a few minutes. He read a quotation by Eisenhower about how all Americans were descended in blood and spirit from revolutionaries and rebels, and that every gun made equals the theft from those who hunger.
He then went on to talk about how money speaks. He opened a briefcase full of denial dollars and said that it represented a case of $100 bills. He said that it would take 300,000 of these cases to equal the price of the war so far. He also said that the price of the war was equivalent to each American paying $1,000 dollars a peace to pay for the war.
We then Marched down Wall street to Franklin and back up Wall street. We then marched down Greenwood to Greenwood and Third Street, where we broke up into four groups and occupied each of the four corners.
The march was quiet and orderly with a lot of people in cars honking and flashing the peace sign, and only a few drivers making rude gestures.
thanks for posting this, March Hare 19.Mar.2005 20:49

regular reader

it's great to get reports from Bend! keep 'em up!

GREAT organizing going on in the center of our state 19.Mar.2005 21:00

checking the pulse

Hats off to the super work going on in red-neck bend country. Within the last year or so I have been paying attention and you are emerging as another hot spot of resisitence. Keep it up. Especially impressive is the work of your new Jobs With Justice chapter. Here in Southern Oregon we have been watching this and you look like a very good model.

From S. Oregon,
Wes-

wow 20.Mar.2005 12:06

tessabird tessabird@comcast.net

wow! bend has changed since the 13 years ago i live there. And all for the better. Thank you for the photos and spreading the truth. Kudos!


Central Oregon March 21.Mar.2005 14:21

kdl

Thank you so very much for posting these wonderful photos! I am the proud mama of the little boy in the yellow rain coat with the drum, he's very excited to see his photo and really enjoyed his participation, as did I. This is sovery nice to see!! It was a good gathering for a dreary day, and folks from Prineville, Sisters and other CO communities participated...beats hitting your head on a wall! Feeling a little more empowered and happy after all the good energy of these fine folks! Yahoo!

A growing progressive movement in Central Oregon 21.Mar.2005 14:41

Michael F.

Yes, indeed, we have a growing and increasingly active progressive community here in Central Oregon, with folks working hard on antiwar and peace activities, economic justice, GLBT rights, immigrant rights, etc. After the march several marchers went over to the senior center where progressives were far and away the majority at the town hall meeting held by Republican State Senator Ben Westlund and Republican State Reps Chuck Burley and Gene Whisnant. This Saturday we have the cost of war conference from 1 to 5 p.m. at COCC, April 2 we have the Not Another Wal-Mart rally from 2 to 3 pm in the plaza in front of Mirror Pond gallery, and April 8-9 the community meeting on living wage jobs at the Bend Community Center. Thanks to everyone for making this an inspiring and fun place to live in and to be active in. Peace, Justice and Solidarity!

Bend *is* coming along..... 21.Mar.2005 15:28

Mariposa

Bend really is coming along in the progressive sense! In the last election, Deschutes Count was neck-in-neck dem voting, meaning it was like 50.9% for the republican prez candidate and 50.3% voting for the dem candidate. That surprised me.

But, please.... SEND LIVE MUSIC (groove jam) and good looking, progressive eligible single people over the age of 40!!! Seriously....

I was at the march (not in any of the pics), and overwhelmingly more people voted for peace than the rude gestures. Promising!